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Rebecca A. Valencia
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Rebecca Valencia is a national award recipient and recognized subject matter expert on suicide-by-cop.  As an expert witness, she has collaborated with legal counsel regarding expert testimony and rebuttal on these types of officer-involved shootings.  She is a former Crime Victim’s Advocate with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department with over 20 years of frontline experience developing and implementing the First Response Victim Advocacy Program, the first of its kind in the United States. 

As a law enforcement instructor, Rebecca has presented victim-contact training to thousands of police officers across the western United States receiving training certifications from both Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) and Standard and Training for Corrections (STC).  She is a recipient of the Jefferson Award from the American Institute of Public Service and has also received award recognition from the National Organization for Victim Assistance.

Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento, and an undergraduate degree in Behavioral Sciences.